NATO keeps killing Afghan civilians


This video says about itself:

On Tuesday, hundreds of students in eastern Afghanistan staged the first significant protest in response to the deaths of 16 civilians, shouting angry slogans against the U.S. and the American soldier suspected in the killings. (March 13 2012)

From Pajhwok Afghan News:

Afghanistan: Five Children Among 20 Killed In NATO Air Strikes

May 7, 2012

Children among 20 killed in ISAF air raids

By Zainullah and Abdul Latif Ayubion

LASHKARGAH/QALA-I-NAW: A mother and her five children were among 20 civilians killed in two separate airstrikes in the southern Helmand and northwestern Badghis provinces, officials said on Monday.

The first incident took place late on Friday when an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter missed its target and dropped bombs on a house in the Fatih Mohammad Pech area of Sangin district in Helmand, the governor’s spokesman said.

Daud Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News instead of striking a militant hideout, the foreign forces killed a mother, her three daughters and two sons. The governor’s office has dispatched a delegation to the area to investigate the incident.

Governor Gulab Mangal condemned the mistaken raid and asked NATO-led troops to immediately probe the killing, his spokesman added.

Separately, 14 civilians were killed and six others wounded in another airstrike by the international forces in Bala Murghab district of northwestern Badghis province.

The raid occurred on Sunday night in the Nawboor village, said acting provincial police chief Col. Ghulam Nabi. The incident was under investigation, he added.

Foreign soldiers, trying to capture Taliban commander Mullah Abdullah Soori, who sought refuge in the village, bombed the place and killed 14 civilians and injured seven others.

“The helicopters of foreign forces bombed two houses in the village,” a resident said on condition of anonymity. He had no details about casualties.

Karzai says Afghan civilian deaths could hinder U.S. pact: here.

US bombardments claimed the lives of dozens of Afghan civilians, including women and children, prompting a formal protest from Karzai that such actions would render the recent pact he signed with Obama “meaningless”: here.

New Dutch spoonbill colony


This is a video of spoonbills feeding near Texel island in the Netherlands.

Translated from the Dutch conservationists of Natuurmonumenten:

May 3, 2012

In the Nieuwkoop Lakes a second location of breeding spoonbills has been discovered. According to ranger Martijn van Schie, this is positive news. “It is not only safer for the population, now possibly more breeding pairs will come.”

The special spoonbills come for the fourth consecutive year to breed in the Nieuwkoop Lakes. Before that, the birds did not nest in the area for 30 years.

Spoonbills nesting near Haarlem: here.

Yellow-billed loon video


This video by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA says about itself:

The Yellow-billed Loon is the largest and most spectacular of the world’s five loon species. It breeds around the globe in arctic and sub-arctic tundra lakes and is the northern counterpart to the Common Loon.

Watch this rare video shot by The Lab’s Gerrit Vyn of a mated pair calling and foraging just after arriving on the partially frozen breeding grounds in Chukotka, Russia.

New Scientific Report Documents the Impacts of Mercury Pollution on Adirondack [Common] Loons: here.